ERIC Number: ED340152
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Suicide and the Exceptional Child. ERIC Digest #E508.
Guetzloe, Eleanor C.
This digest summarizes information on incidence in and identification and intervention of potentially suicidal children and youth with disabilities. Estimates suggesting that some categories of exceptional youth have higher suicide rates than the general population are cited. Suicide risk factors and signs that a student is potentially suicidal are listed, as are recommendations to the media to reduce the contagious effects of suicide reports. The role of educators in identifying potential suicides, referring them to appropriate services, and providing a supportive environment is briefly discussed. Responsibilities of the school and of school psychologists in assessing such students are noted. Components of effective school programs are listed; these include a designated school contact person, case management, crisis teams at the school and district levels, and teacher training. Includes 10 references. (DB)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Identification, Incidence, Intervention, Prevention, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Referral, Student Behavior, Student Evaluation, Suicide, Teacher Role
Council for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091-1589 ($1.00 each, minimum order $5.00 prepaid, product no. E-508).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council for Exceptional Children, Reston, VA.; ERIC Clearinghouse on Handicapped and Gifted Children, Reston, VA.